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Saturday, 5 January 2013

Council community grant ‘lifts’ spirits at Age UK


A Council grant has helped Age UK Cheshire East install a disabled lift at the organisation’s health and wellbeing centre in Macclesfield – benefitting hundreds of older people throughout the Borough.

Age UK had been fundraising for 16 months to raise the necessary £19,490 to install the lift at the building on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Crossall Street.

Cheshire East Council awarded them a community grant of £3,000 towards the costs.

The lift allows many older people, who were previously excluded from taking part in events on the first floor, to enjoy activities such as gentle exercise classes, art and craft sessions as well as scrabble and book clubs.

Kathleen Shivers is from Macclesfield and regularly uses the centre, she said: “The stairs in this place are open tread and I’m too unsteady on my feet to cope with that.

“Now I can use the lift, I can go to all the clubs upstairs. It’s great.”

Councillor David Brown, Cabinet member in charge of strategic communities, said: “I am delighted that our community grant has helped Age UK Cheshire East to raise enough money to install this lift.

“Age UK Cheshire East carry out vital work in the Borough and this lift will make a big difference to so many of our older residents.”

Madelyn Bridge, Chief Executive of Age UK Cheshire East, commented:  “As a local charity we rely heavily on local donations to fund our work.

“We are delighted that the Council is supporting our flagship health and wellbeing centre by opening up the facility to people with mobility issues.

“The centre is a fantastic local resource, doing great things to help everyone have a healthier and more fulfilled later life.”

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